The 50 hectare (124 acres) Hawkins’ Family Garden extends beyond Mayfield, is breathtaking in its design and expanse. The Hawkins’ Family Garden consists of the following areas:
Main House Garden – this great Garden includes some design elements, such as the geometric features of the English Box Hedge Maze. The Mayfield Maze is one of the largest of its kind in Australia; the central crows nest is the goal – challenging for all ages! Climb to the top to ring the bell when you succeed in navigating the maze. The only catch is; You have to make it to the exit. The Parterre is a large symmetrical planting also lined with a low English Box hedge, with clouds of Summer flowering French Lavender. The perfume from the flowering lavender is intoxicating in Summer.
Other features include;
Creek & Lake Garden Beds
While the 16-hectare Mayfield Garden is an all season garden and we are open 363 days of the year (closed 25 and 26 December). The Hawkins family opens their private garden to visitors every season, during the following festival periods.
FULL ACCESS TO THE HAWKINS’ FAMILY GARDEN
THE SPRING FESTIVAL – October 12-27, 2019
THE AUTUMN FESTIVAL – April 13-28, 2019
A complimentary shuttle bus and garden tour operates continuously throughout the Autumn and Spring Festivals, making a loop of the garden, with multiple drop-off/pick-up stops along the way.
Please note, while we have made many improvements at Mayfield Garden to make it more accessible to people in wheelchairs, prams, or using other mobility devices (such as the opening of the Camellia Walk in 2018), there are parts of the Hawkins Family Garden (only open during our seasonal festivals) that are not wheelchair accessible. Some of these paths include walking on lawns and potential hills. If you’re concerned at all about your group getting around, please speak with someone from our team about the best access route to follow so that you can enjoy your time in the garden.
We recommend arriving when we open at 9 am and give yourself a minimum of 4 hours during the Spring and Autumn Festivals. The last garden entry is 3 pm, and the garden closes at 4:30 pm.
PART ACCESS TO THE HAWKINS’ FAMILY GARDEN (see map below)
THE WINTER FESTIVAL – July 6-21, 2019
THE SUMMER FESTIVAL – January 12-27, 2019
We recommend arriving when we open at 9 am and give yourself a minimum of 2.5 hours during the Summer and Winter Festivals. Last garden entry is at 3 pm. The garden shuts at 4:30 pm.
During Summer, Spring and Autumn Festivals guests can also go rowing around the spectacular Mayfield Lake. Please visit our Festival Pages below for more details, pricing, and to book your entry tickets.